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Catering for the needs of fauna in fire management: science or just wishful thinking?
  • M. Clarke
  • Environmental Science
  • 4 September 2008
The scarcity of ecological data on the needs of fauna in relation to fire undermines the confidence managers should place in current popular frameworks for planning ecological burning.
Large-scale bird-movement patterns evident in eastern Australian atlas data
A standardised analysis of atlas data of 407 species found strong evidence of migratory movements for 101 of these species and suggestive evidence for a further 45 species, and indicated 19 distinctive patterns of migration among the birds of eastern Australia.
REVIEW: Refuges for fauna in fire‐prone landscapes: their ecological function and importance
Summary Rapid environmental change is placing increasing pressure on the survival of many species globally. Ecological refuges can mitigate the impacts of change by facilitating the survival or
Initial Changes in the Avian Communities of Remnant Eucalypt Woodlands following a Reduction in the Abundance of Noisy Miners, Manorina melanocephala
These experiments are the first to demonstrate that noisy miners affect avian diversity and abundance by aggressive exclusion of small birds and showed that if domination by noisy miners is reduced, small, degraded woodland remnants can support significant populations of some small insectivorous birds and honeyeaters.
Avifaunal disarray due to a single despotic species
The evidence for widespread assemblage-level phase shifts across eastern Australia is reviewed, triggered partly by anthropogenic habitat alteration and mediated by a native, despotic bird: the noisy miner Manorina melanocephala.
Habitat or fuel? Implications of long‐term, post‐fire dynamics for the development of key resources for fauna and fire
Summary 1. Managing fire to achieve hazard reduction while providing for biodiversity conservation is complex in fire-prone regions. This challenge is exacerbated by limited understanding of
Optimal fire histories for biodiversity conservation
The optimal fire history of a given area for biological conservation is determined with a method that links tools from 3 fields of research: species distribution modeling, composite indices of biodiversity, and decision science, and shows how conservation targets based on this index can be incorporated into a decision-making framework for fire management.
Scatter-hoarding by a larder-hoarding rodent: intraspecific variation in the hoarding behaviour of the eastern chipmunk, Tamias striatus
The hypotheses that scatter-hoarding reduces pilferage of hoarded food by individuals unable to defend a larder and that it increases the rate at which subordinate individuals can sequester food from ephemeral patches are supported.